We did it anyway …

Early (no, REALLY EARLY) this morning I took Sid and George to the airport. After flight delays and airline changes, I was finally able to crawl back into bed around 8 am. Luckily we had a late night out up in Los Angeles seeing a movie and having dinner so everyone ended up sleeping in. When we all finally woke up I realized quickly that today wasn’t going to be productive. Laziness was going to be the mood for the day and I was fine with it. At one point this afternoon Libs wanted a sweet treat and I wanted a holiday coffee. Normally, if I’m home, I make the effort to make my own drinks. But the thought of making my own at that point sounded a lot like taking a high school chemistry class. Which incidentally, I never took, HA! Anyway, we opted for the best laziest solution we could come up with. Starbucks mobil ordering. I’m not sure why getting in real clothes, brushing my hair, driving 3 minutes and being seen is public was the better option. Because let’s face it, that took WAY more effort than just walking to the kitchen, turning on my Keurig, mixing up some spices and grabbing some cookies. This was clearly not the laziest way to fulfill our cravings. But for some reason, it felt that way.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you did it anyway!!!

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Cars, coffee and priorities …

So I’m car shopping. Oh boy. This is a tough one for me. But having gone to an auto show yesterday certainly helped. It allowed me to wander and look and really narrow down what I liked enough to go test drive. Which I did today. I am self admittedly NOT a car person. But I AM a coffee person. And I am not ashamed to say that the dealership that has a Starbucks in their service area, is winning me over. Totally.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get your priorities straight!!!

K-Cups and some tears …

We all drink different coffees in the house, which is why I feel that the Keurig is just about the best invention ever made for a busy family of coffee drinkers. We use that thing of beauty ALL day long. So you could image that yesterday when I found K-cups on sale for $5.99 a box I got quite excited. I even found my son George’s favorite, Starbucks Italian Roast. We have actually had a hard time finding it lately so I bought three boxes, one for home and two to pack in his things for college. I did all this without really thinking about it. Until this morning. And the it hit me hard. REAL hard.

I woke up early this morning and decided to make a big breakfast for my family. As I was busy preparing things I decided to stop and stock our K-Cup holder. I started with George’s Italian Roast … and I began to cry. The box contained just enough K-Cups to get him through until the day he leaves for college. Oh, yeah. I cried.

It’s moments like these that I question my sanity. How can K-Cups reduce a grown woman to tears? Clearly this can’t be even remotely normal! I ultimately calmed my insanity worries by remembering that a mother’s love knows no boundaries. This love is THE REAL DEAL. We love over time. Across the miles. Through joy and laughter. And in sadness and tears. We LOVE a BIG love. It’s shocking when you first experience it too. I believe that prior to having children women can only fathom this love. They know it will be strong and forever. But HOLY MOLY, when that baby becomes your reality, you are CONSUMED with a love you have never known. Understatedly, it’s wonderful. And once you have experienced this MOM LOVE you wouldn’t know what to do without it … because that love seeps into EVERY aspect of your being. Even into your morning coffee.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you share a cup of coffee with someone who gave you the gift of love!!!

A little taste of magic …

My girls and I had Unicorn Frappuccinos today. They are a new limited-time only drink made by Starbucks. I’m not big on sweet drinks or cow’s milk, but THIS I had to try. Come on, any drink called “a unicorn” is worthy of a try! At least in my book anyway! So did I like it? Actually, yes. It’s a sweet and sour drink and pretty too, HA! It’s definitely not something I would have every day or even once a month. For me it was a ONE and DONE thing. Which I figured it would be. But heck, any opportunity I get to have an encounter with a unicorn is one I just have to take. 

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get a little taste of magic!!!

Be considerate of others … 

I met my best friend from high school at Starbucks today and we ended up having a discussion about rude people. This came after both of us witnessed an older gentleman tripping over a computer cord plugged in to an outlet. The cord was stretched across the floor to a table where a young woman sat working on her computer. Luckily the man wasn’t hurt, but clearly this was unsafe. Yet even after the man got caught up in the woman’s cord she did nothing about it. My best friend and I were utterly shocked. Thus, we began discussing the entitlement of certain people. How some people believe that their needs or wants far out way those of others. We discussed how we do our best to not welcome these types of souls into our lives. And that it’s OK to set limits with people who do us no good. It’s not always easy. But it’s definitely a necessity.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are considerate of others!!!

It all worked out in the end …

I wrote yesterday of how my friend Kim and I headed to Northern California for our weekend Run-cation. We are both running the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon this Sunday. Our rooms had been booked and we made great time getting to our hotel. Girl talk the whole way, and lots of laughter. The trip was going great!

And then … disaster hit.

Upon arriving at our hotel we learned that they wouldn’t honor the room we had booked through a travel website. WHAT?!?! Needless to say it was a FIASCO. Thankfully the travel company reimbursed our money. But sadly, beyond that they didn’t to much more for us than aggravate us with lengthy (and I am LENGTHY) telephone calls. I am not giving any company names yet, because I am SOOOO not done in my complaint process. That I will deal with after our weekend is over.

Anyway, Kim and I found ourselves stranded in Northern California at a Starbucks with no hotel for about two hours. Oh. My. God. The panic we felt having to find a last minute hotel room on a Friday afternoon on a race weekend had us thinking we might be sleeping in my car. OK, not really. But again … OH … MY … GOD! Luckily Kim and I got were able to book a room at the Hilton Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa.

Yes, I’ll tell you THEIR name. Why?

Because staying with them has been one of the best travel experiences Kim and I have ever had. Although it took us another 90 minutes to get there in traffic, it was well worth it. The drive was absolutely beautiful and upon our arrival here life miraculously changed. The facility and grounds are lovely. Our room, with a view, is clean and modern. And the staff … WOW!

Upon checking in Kim and I must of looked a little wrecked. We told the front desk about our travel woes and they immediately began spoiling us rotten. We were invited to attend a wine tasting currently in progress. When we arrived to the tasting, the woman who checked us in met us at the door and handed up an envelop containing passes for the hotel’s buffet breakfast. She told us she that wanted to buy us breakfast for all the drama we had experienced earlier in the day. Kim and I were so overwhelmed we hugged her! If that wasn’t enough during the wine tasting Kim and I met one of the hotel managers who showered us with all sorts of passes and coupons for the local wineries. We then met a woman in Human Resources who was not only friendly, she shared our love for macaroni and cheese, HA! She checked on us later at the hotel restaurant, making sure we liked our food (macaroni and cheese), all before leaving for the weekend. 

Kim and I were utterly shocked. The staff here owed us nothing but the room we paid for. But they went above and beyond to make up for the inadequacies Kim and I experienced earlier in the day. And mind you, they aren’t even affiliated with either of the TWO companies who Kim and I dealt with previously! Their actions came out of honest-to-goodness generosity, genuine hospitality and straight-up kindness. And Kim and I couldn’t have been more grateful.

Well, I hope you all have a day where it all works out in the end!!!

I couldn’t be happier …

Sid flew home from San Francisco this morning to spend her Spring Break with us. She recently got a job at Starbucks so we weren’t sure if this was all going to work out, but it did! YIPPIE!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you couldn’t be happier!!!